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Hello and welcome to iGarden. Anyone who knows me will know that I am 'The Compulsive Gardener' - I love everything about gardening.

Allow me to share some of my enthusiasm and interests in gardening with a focus on the plants I know best and those that do especially well in my own Sydney garden.

This is more than just about plants: it's also about the people involved in gardening; their books and gardens; planting schemes; choosing appropriate plant types; colour selection... There is plenty to think and read about in iGarden.

So, while you are here, enjoy all my blogs, have a browse through my list of Plants and don't forget to check out the Discussion Forums, Marketplace, Garden Ramble and your local Gardening Events.

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"Touring the garden"

It's exciting to see the garden again after being away.

Recently we went away on an interstate trip for the first time in more than two years, to attend a family wedding. It was a delightful holiday. But I had forgotten how exciting it is to get home from such a journey and to do the 'tour' of the garden to see how it had got on during our absence. This is something I have always done, sometimes conducting the tour by torchlight if we arrive home at night. I like to peer at every garden bed in detail as I walk slowly round my garden, deep in thoug  ... Read On »

January in my garden

What's in bloom

See the full list of what's flowering in my garden this month. Here »


Jobs to do

Happy New Year! January can be a hot month, when many gardeners go on holidays: make sure your garden will survive! Read More »


My Gardening Tip of the month

Harvest your vegetables regularly and keep the plants in good condition with water and fertiliser. If your lettuces have gone to seed, it is possible to plant a second crop - choose a different spot or grow the more compact varieties in a large trough. At this time of year they will do best in part-shade. Keep basil and other herbs nipped back to prevent flowering, which will debilitate the plants. I grow basil and mint in troughs that I cover with a wooden frame covered with fine mesh. This excludes the nasty flea beetle that can completely ruin the foliage of these two herbs.

My Plant Reference

My current garden is located in one of Sydney's northern suburbs so my focus is naturally on what does well here. I have grown over 300 different plant varieties that are all described in this reference.
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Discussion Forums Recent Item

"Plant/Seed Swap" forum topic: "Browallia Americana"

Betty asks:
 Would anyone have a few seeds of the plant Browallia Americana that they could send to me please? I have tried many nurseries to purchase but with no success. I live in Melbourne (3104).

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